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How Relaxation Can Take Years Off Your Skin

How Relaxation Can Take Years Off Your SkinEveryone strives to look his or her best, and there are some
interesting, time intensive, and quite invasive ways to look younger. However, relaxation itself can take years off of your skin and help you be healthier from the inside out. North Shore Aesthetics always looks at the whole body as a starting point for younger, softer, glowing skin. Here are a few ways to relax, look younger, and feel better.

Stress Can Cause Wrinkles

Everyone is under stress at some point or another. Some of us are under a constant stream of stress that risks causing premature aging and wrinkles. As the muscles in the face contract, it can cause the skin to strain and stretch. As we age, our skin loses the elasticity and begins to sag and wrinkle. It is important that you take steps every day to minimize stress, relax the muscles in your face, and maintain a healthy lifestyle.

People Who Invest in Themselves Look Younger

When you make time for yourself, you are more likely to eat healthier, exercise, and indulge in activities that slow down the aging process. North Shore Aesthetics provides several procedures and products that can help you in investing back in yourself for rejuvenated skin. Take a look at our skin care products, laser resurfacing, and laser skin tightening to help you look dramatically younger and feel better.

Start Feeling Better Today

You can start relaxing and looking and feeling better today! All you have to do is make a call to our office and schedule your appointment. We are happy to schedule you for a consultation as soon as possible to discuss your options.

If you are interested in any of our rejuvenation procedures, contact North Shore Aesthetics today at (847) 737-5036 to schedule your consultation with our experienced plastic surgeon, Dr. Benjamin Schlechter.

 

Top Tips for Combatting the Signs of Aging

Top Tips for Combatting the Signs of AgingEveryone wants to look younger. While you can’t stop the hands of time, you can take steps to reduce the signs of aging, keeping you looking youthful and refreshed. North Shore Aesthetics helps countless clients maintain a young, healthy glow. Through our years of experience, we have gathered the best tips to help you combat the signs of aging.

Healthy Living

The best way that you can fight signs of aging is by taking care of yourself inside and out. This means living a healthy lifestyle each and every day. Eat lots of fruits and vegetables, exercise regularly, and avoid stress to the best of your ability. Vices like sun tanning, smoking cigarettes, and drinking alcohol are the fastest way to age your skin.

Applying Sunscreen

Putting on sunscreen shouldn’t be reserved for time at the pool or beach. You should slather on sunscreen anytime you are going outside  in order to protect your skin. The sun’s harmful rays damage your skin, leading to wrinkles, age spots, and blemishes. Something as simple as using sunscreen can help combat the signs of aging.

Skin Rejuvenation

While we have talked about ways that you can prevent your skin from aging, what do you do after the fact? Skin rejuvenation services are a great way for achieving softer, smoother skin. North Shore Aesthetics has laser skin rejuvenation services that can improve the texture and tone of your skin, making you appear younger.

Botox Injections

A simple, non-invasive way to stave off the early signs of aging is to use Botox Cosmetic injectables. Botox is used to paralyze facial muscles temporarily, which minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Many of our clients are thrilled with the fast results they receive from Botox.

If you are interested in any of these procedures, contact North Shore Aesthetics today at 847-737-5036 to schedule your consultation with our experienced plastic surgeons, Dr. Benjamin Schlechter and Dr. Jacob Bloom.

 

 

Harsh Northbrook Winter Weather & Your Face: Getting a Chemical Peel

chemical peelIf you have lived in Northbrook during the winter, you know that the weather can be extreme. The cold winds can whip against your skin and cause it to become dry, red, and chapped. Did you know that continual exposure to the harsh winter could damage your skin? North Shore Aesthetics can assist you with our youth-preserving chemical peels. While a chemical peel sounds a bit unnerving, the process is easy and stress-free.

The Initial Consultation

Before your chemical peel, you will want to come into our office and meet with our staff. We will ask you questions related to your skin, medical history, and your aesthetic goals. We are happy to show you our skin care options and match you with the perfect procedure to get the results you want. Depending on your particular situation, you may be given medication or a skin care regimen to follow prior to your peel.

The Chemical Peel Process

From the moment you step inside our office, we will guide you through the entire process from start to finish. Our professionals will prep your skin for the peel by thoroughly cleaning it and then apply the peel solution. A thin layer of the peel solution will be applied. You may feel a slight burning or stinging sensation for a few minutes after the application. Afterward, your skin may be a bit more sensitive to the touch.

After Your Chemical Peel

After the procedure, the healing time will vary depending on the type of peel you have received. Some patients feel like they have received a sunburn while others have some very mild peeling or flaking, like dry skin. After your recovery, the peel will reveal glowing younger-looking skin. After your peel, you should limit sun exposure, as your new skin will be highly sensitive to UV rays.

If you have questions about our chemical peel process, contact the experienced physicians at North Shore Aesthetics. Call (847) 737-5036 to set up your initial consultation.

 

Scars 101: What you need to know

Working for two plastic surgeons, I come across a fair amount of scars. Post-surgical, acne, keloid, burns, and traumatic lacerations. Each is as unique as the patient and each requires a different treatment plan.

Any cut to the skin will leave a scar. Proper treatment after injury or surgery is key to making them minimally noticeable. There are a variety of treatments that are on the market for scar treatment. Working closely with Doctors and Aestheticians can greatly help guide you to improve the appearance of them.

How to Enhance Surgical Scar Healing

  • Perform daily massage
  • Apply topical scar ointments
  • Take vitamin supplements
  • Wear SPF over scar

Scar massage is something simple that you can do at home. Massaging in a Vitamin E ointment two times a day will help keep the tissue nourished and hydrated. The purpose of scar massage is to smooth out the skins collagen and prevent the scar from becoming raised.

Moisturizing the scar is also a very important factor in the healing process. Silicone based ointments and creams are ideal because they provide the skin with hydration while still allowing the skin to breathe. Silicone helps collagen reproduction normalize, and continuous use over time will help make the scars softer and flatter.

Another option of at home treatment is to apply silicone sheeting to a surgical scar. Many different brands of sheeting are available at your local drug store and are an inexpensive option. The sheets should be applied over the scar and left on for hours at a time to ensure delivery of silicone to the healing scar.

Also greatly important, SPF is key to keeping the color of your scar intact. Unprotected scars that are visible to sunlight risk darkening and change in color of pigmentation. Wearing a broad-spectrum SPF 30+ will increase scar protection, and make for a smoother scar transformation.

Visia: The Aesthetician’s Guidebook

Imagine that you are 20 years old again on Spring Break in Cancun with your friends. Its 81 degrees outside, the sun is shining …Did you put SPF on your face AND your whole body? Chances are, you did not. You probably wanted to be tan like all of your friends.

So now, 10 years and several sun burns later, you are noticing more spots on your face than you used to have, starting to see some lines around your eyes, and your forehead is wrinkled. What the heck happened?

Have you ever wondered how extensive that sun damage your seeing is? Or what kind of wrinkles have formed and why? There are so many questions to ask when it comes to the skin and the state of its health.

Now thanks to Visia Digital Skin Analysis, you can visibly SEE what is actually going on in your skin from the inside out.

Visia Skin Analysis takes multiple pictures of the face in different light spectrums. It then captures key visual information of your skin and provides a thorough analysis. Once your picture has been taken, the analyzing begins. Basically it breaks down the facial skin into 8 different categories.

  1. Skin Surface Pigmentation
  2. Pore Size
  3. Bacteria in the pores
  4. UV Spots
  5. Photo Damage
  6. Texture
  7. Wrinkles
  8. Facial Redness

The Visia is considered an Aestheticians Bible because it not only helps keep track of the skins progress, but it also helps develop a customized regimen fit only for your skin. Tracking skin conditions is simple and easy to understand with Visia. Product and treatment recommendations are made after the analysis has been performed.

As you go through treatments and use a consistent regimen at home, Visia pictures will be taken and analyzed. It is always rewarding to physically see improvements in the skin and Visia makes this visual possible.

If you have ever had a question about your skin, have a history of sun tanning, or have noticed changes in your skin, I strongly urge you to go get your Visia taken and educate yourself. Personally, once I saw the extent of my sun damage, I knew I had to make a change. Not only do I wear SPF every single day now, but I also use products with powerful anti-oxidants such as Vitamin C to repair the damage already done.

Call us at North Shore Aesthetics (847) 737-5036 to schedule your Visia Digital Skin Analysis today!

Clarisonic: Friend or Foe?

Clarisonic is one of the most popular facial brushes on the market. It can greatly benefit and enhance the condition of the skin, but it can also do damage if not used correctly. Let’s explore what Clarisonic was designed for and some of the DO’s and DON’Ts of this beauty tool.
The Clarisonic brush was designed to provide a deep cleanse to the skin. Its bristles use sonic oscillation to loosen up dirt and debris and provide a factor of exfoliation. Regular use of Clarisonic will provide skin with higher cleansing and absorption efficacy.
Brush heads are changeable and regular cleaning is required. The brush heads are made for specific skin types ranging from sensitive, deep pore, acne, body, and even a pedicure brush. Clarisonic has recently released a new brush called the LUXE cashmere that is made to help relieve extremely dry skin and targets fine lines and wrinkles.

Clarisonic DO’s

  • Do use with cleanser
  • Do use for 60 seconds
  • Do use 2-3x a week
  • Do clean after each use
  • Do change brush head every 3 months

With correct use of the Clarisonic, one can improve the texture of the skin. I partially love this brush for patients who have congestion and skin cell build up. It can help to remove excess oil and sebum that get trapped in pores, and provide a better cleaning than just using your hands to cleanse. When used with an aesthetician-prescribed cleanser, it can greatly enhance the skin and give you a glow. For ALL skin types, Clarisonic should be used as if it is a special “treatment” to the skin, as it is very easy to over use it and cause trauma to your tissues.
Now let’s discuss some of the common mistakes associated with using the Clarisonic.

Clarisonic DON’Ts

  • Don’t use everyday
  • Don’t forget to clean after each use
  • Don’t use if you have Rosacea (Too Irritating)
  • Don’t keep in the shower (It will get MOLDY)
  • Don’t use in conjunction with a scrub (That’s too much exfoliation)

Clarisonic is a great beauty tool when used in moderation and is kept very clean. If you feel that it is too much maintenance to care for your Clarisonic or if you are not a good candidate to use one, you may consider seeing your Aesthetician on a regular basis for safe routine exfoliation treatments.

5 Things You Need To Know About Retinoids

Almost every skin-savvy person has heard of the infamous retinol (Vitamin A) and the great things it can do for your skin. But did you know that there are many different forms of this wrinkle fighting vitamin? How are you supposed to know which is just right for your skin?

  1. It comes in different forms.
    Retinoids come in various shapes and sizes. Retinol, retinyl palmitate, and retinaldehyde are all over-the-counter formulations, whereas tretinoin and tazarotene are prescription only. The concentration and strength of retinoids vary as well.
  2. It makes your skin photo-sensitive.
    Wearing a broad-spectrum SPF is key while using retinoids. Retinoids will make the skin susceptible to being burned very easily. It is recommended to apply retinoids as part of your night time regimen and to wear a high SPF as part of your day time regimen.
  3. It will fight fine lines and wrinkles.
    Continuous use of retinoids will help combat fine lines and wrinkles. It will provide great exfoliation, increase the skins thickness and elasticity, and even help lighten up sun-spots. Your skin will feel smoother, and it will give you an overall anti-aging effect like no other.
  4. It can help clear up acne.
    It is common for doctors to prescribe topical retinoids for patients who suffer from acne. This super vitamin helps exfoliate the skin from the inside out. When an acne patient firsts uses a retinoid, it is common for the skin to “purge”. This is the process of the skin shedding. All impurities deep in the skin come up to the surface. Once this process is over, improvement in the skin can be seen.
  5. It can’t be mixed with other active ingredients.
    Retinoids exfoliate your skin. Mixing a retinoid with another active ingredient is not recommended due to the fact that it is easy to mix badly. Avoid using an AHA (alpha-hydroxy acid) or BHA (beta-hydroxy acid) in conjunction with your retinoid unless advised to do so. If you have any questions on what you can and cannot use with your retinoid, go to the pros. Calling your Aesthetician with a product question is much easier than trying to fix an at home retinoid mixture mistake.

Call North Shore Aesthetics today to schedule a complimentary skin care consultation!